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Dr James Hansen: We need a carbon fee more than a Green New Deal

The eyes of history may see 2021 as a turning point for human-made climate change.  Hyperbole?  Maybe not.  Today is a potential turning point because the public now sees the reality of climate change.  Senators Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema, in questioning the Green New Deal “climate plan,” give Joe Biden the chance to make […]

November 22nd

Congress passes $1T infrastructure bill – but how does the government go about spending that much money?

The U.S. Congress passed an infrastructure bill that funds more than a trillion dollars in nationwide federal spending on Nov. 5, 2021.The bill puts about US$240 billion toward building or rebuilding roads, bridges, public transit, airports and railways. More than $150 billion is slated for projects that address climate change, like building electric vehicle charging […]

November 7th

COP26: More than 100,000 take to the streets on Global Day of Action for Climate Justice

As diplomats from wealthy countries continue to say “blah, blah, blah” at COP26, over 100,000 people growing increasingly impatient with empty promises and inaction marched through Glasgow on Saturday, with thousands more hitting the streets in cities around the world during roughly 300 simultaneous demonstrations on a Global Day of Action for Climate Justice. By Kenny Stancil Common Dreams “Many […]

November 7th

‘Green New Deal is a winning issue:’ Michelle Wu elected Boston mayor

Advocates for far-reaching climate action applauded Michelle Wu’s victory in Boston as the city elected a new mayor who ran on a platform including a comprehensive city-level Green New Deal, combating environmental racism, and accelerating decarbonization. By Julia Conley Common Dreams Wu won more than 64% of the vote against Annissa Essaibi George, a city councilor who […]

November 4th

Investment in solar beats fossil fuels for job creation (And we’ll need 1 million more solar jobs over the next 15 years)

Back in May when most of the nation’s attention was focused on what appeared to be light at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel, the Solar Foundation published its 11th annual census of jobs in the solar field during 2020. Because of the pandemic, the solar workforce fell by 6.7% to 231,474 workers last year. […]

October 28th

Cory Doctorow: If $3.5 trillion is too much, fund infrastructure for 4 years (and let the GOP try to repeal it!)

Last week, millions played Congressional Kremlinology, guessing when House/Senate Dems would have the votes for the $3.5T reconciliation package, playing Fantasy Football Sophie’s Choice to cut programs if corporate Dems whittle it down. By Corey Doctorow Pluralistic But as Harold Meyerson writes for The American Prospect, there’s a high-stakes, high-risk gambit that would let the […]

October 4th

Bernie Sanders: Instead of giveaways to the rich, we will use reconciliation to serve working people and heal the planet

The following remarks, as prepared for delivery, were given by Senate Budget Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) Tuesday, August 10, 2021 as the Senate began consideration of the FY 2022 budget resolution and reconciliation instructions: Unprecedented times require unprecedented action. I’m LIVE on the Senate floor NOW as we start debate on the most consequential legislation […]

August 11th

Sunrise Movement launches Green New Deal jobs website to celebrate future of climate-friendly work

Amid a sustained push for the inclusion of a Civilian Climate Corps in federal infrastructure legislation, the Sunrise Movement on Monday rolled out a new tool showcasing the potential for over 15 million jobs that simultaneously tackle economic inequality and the climate crisis. By Andrea Germanos Common Dreams  The Green New Careers website visualizes what could be possible based on the investment […]

July 25th

The European Union’s new Fit for 55 climate plan has a difficult road ahead

European Union policymakers on Wednesday, July 14, unveiled an ambitious plan to tackle climate change, laying out a roadmap to turn Europe’s bold emissions goals into concrete commitments and legislative action. By Will Potter Impakter Culture Style Society Impact SUSTAINABILITY INDEX Startup-Hub Partners About BUSINESS, CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION & MITIGATION, IMPACT, POLITICS & FOREIGN AFFAIRS, TRADE DEAL July 16, […]

July 20th

EU’s Fit for 55 climate plan: A start toward a Green New Deal, but much more needed

As officials prepare to introduce sweeping legislation aimed at achieving the European Union’s pledge to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 55% from 1990 levels by 2030, environmental and social justice advocates warned Wednesday that the proposed measures could push millions of people into poverty due to high energy costs. Part of the E.U.’s Green Deal, the European […]

July 16th

There are important climate and clean energy benefits left out of the the “Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal”

On June 24, 2021, President Biden and a group of bipartisan senators announced a $1.2 trillion Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework (with $579 billion in new spending). While the proposal includes some investments in climate priorities, it cuts key climate action provisions that would benefit the economy, jobs and public health. By Jillian Neuberger, Katrina McLaughlin, Joel Jaeger, Carrie Dellesky, Lori […]

Could Biden’s Civilian Climate Corps save America?

The President’s bold Civilian Climate Corps (CCC) announcement could be just what we need to get America back on its feet. This program would bring jobs to people who have been underserved by the past economy. Teens, especially urban teens, adults over 50 and disabled Americans would all be trained for productive employment. Of course, green energy will be […]

June 20th

EU Green Week: Can Europe’s climate plans be a model for the world?

The EU Green Week is coming, from May 31 to June 4, so it seems appropriate to talk about Europe’s unique role in climate change. Europe is divided along geopolitical and economic lines, between the haves and have-nots, between the more and the less advanced economies, which raise issues in addressing climate change that are very […]

EU Green Week: The European Green Deal isn’t all it’s cracked up to be

This week the EU celebrates its annual ‘Green Week’, in which Europe’s environmental elite gather to congratulate each other on how green they are. By Laura Basu OpenDemocracy It’s certainly true that the EU claims to be taking the climate crisis seriously, most notably through the European Commission’s flagship European Green Deal. Launched in 2019, the deal […]

George Monbiot: In 2008, we bailed out the banks. In 2021, we need to bail out the planet

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a nightmare for all of us. As vaccines are deployed across the world, many hope we’ll soon be able to return to our previous lives. But before we rush to resume ‘business as usual’, we should pause to consider where COVID came from. By George Monbiot open Democracy Like many […]

April 27th